Immunizations are important at every life stage, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time; therefore, adults, including pregnant women, may be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases due to age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions. Vaccines can help protect pregnant women and their developing baby against serious diseases.
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all children 6 years of age and older. While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children compared with adults, it can make some children very sick and lead to hospitalization. In some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death.
CDC recommends everyone ages 6 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.
Below are several immunization-related resources.
Recommended Vaccines by Age Provides an immunization schedule for recommended vaccines for all ages, from birth to 60 years or older.
Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunizations Schedules provides printable schedules by age group or medical indications, vaccine catch-up guidance with an accompanying schedule, schedules in English and Spanish, and reasons to follow CDC’s recommended immunization schedule.
Pregnancy and Vaccination Covers vaccine safety information for before, during, and after pregnancy, and vaccines to get during pregnancy. Some information is available in Spanish.
A Pregnancy and Vaccine factsheet that reviews the need for whooping cough and flu vaccines during pregnancy, and the importance of vaccines after giving birth.
Vaccine Safety provides information about the safety of each FDA-approved vaccine, vaccine safety research, common concerns, and links to additional information. Resources available for clinicians and the general public.
Vaccines 101: Information for WIC Staff Source: Vaccinate Your Family (supported through funding provided by a CDC cooperative agreement)
Includes key vaccine messages and a list of vaccine-preventable diseases; discusses how WIC staff can screen young children to determine if they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and how to refer those individuals in need of vaccines. This guide can be downloaded to the right.
2023 Immunization Webinar For WIC Staff Source: Vaccinate Your Family (supported through funding provided by a CDC cooperative agreement)
One-hour webinar discusses the importance of vaccinations, vaccine recommendations for children and pregnant women, answers to common vaccine questions from parents/pregnant women, how to review a child's vaccine record to determine up-to-date status, and where to find credible immunization resources.